Boys & Girls Clubs teach teens smart driving year-round. This Distracted Driving Awareness Month, learn more about teen driving skills to practice year-round.
One of the first ways teens practice responsibility and independence is by earning their driver’s license and getting behind the wheel.
It’s an exciting time – being in charge of your own transportation – but it’s also a societal commitment to being safe on the road. Reckless driving can result in bodily harm and death for yourself, your passengers and other drivers; damage to automobiles, buildings and roadways; and a lot of time and money spent navigating insurance, legal fees, tickets and more. That’s why it’s critically important when teaching teens to drive that they understand what distracted driving is and the cost of driving distracted.
Many Boys & Girls Clubs provide teen driving programs that ensure teens learn the rules of smart driving. Here’s some of what Club teens are learning:
Distracted driving is defined as anything that can divert your attention from the road. This includes driving while:
Teens do a lot of these things outside of vehicles and can forget that commonplace habits shouldn’t happen behind the wheel, even if they feel they’re able to multitask. In fact, distracted driving statistics show just how dangerous not being focused at the wheel can be: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2020.
Teaching teens early on the importance of safety while driving can instill positive driving habits for a lifetime.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the below three issues are the most common distractions many of us all face on the road:
Since 2009, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The UPS Foundation have partnered to change the trend of distracted driving with transformative impact programming that can save lives. Through Club staff and UPS volunteers, as well as virtual driving simulations that mirror what teens can expect on the road, teens are building their knowledge of distracted driving and driving safety.
Here are 9 teen driving tips from Boys & Girls Club teens who’ve become safe driving ambassadors at their Club:
When you consider how many steps there are to being a safe driver, it’s pretty obvious how distracted driving can get in the way. But with the right knowledge in place and eyes on the road, teen drivers can be set up for safe driving success.
Interested in finding a driving school for teens near you? Your teen might enjoy the UPS Road Code Program at a Boys & Girls Club, where they can also benefit from academic programs, mentorship, sports leagues and more. Learn more about Road Code and download resources at BGCA.org/RoadCode.
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